How to Root Nothing Phone 1 via Magisk APK


In this guide, we will show you the steps to root your Nothing Phone 1 via Magisk patched boot.img. Whenever we talked about custom development, OnePlus was probably the first brand that would come to our mind. But when a company seems adamant about digging its own grave, there’s not much the consumer can do on their end. However, even if ‘nothing’ seems right, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. It looks like this light could be an offering from the former co-owner of OnePlus.

While it’s still too early to jump on the hype bandwagon [something the company seems to be doing quite admirably], early signs look quite promising. The kernel sources and device tree are already live for the device, just days after its launch. And now, you can root your Nothing Phone 1 with Magisk patched boot.img to get administrative privileges. So without further ado, let’s check how it can be done.

Advantage and Disadvantage of Rooting Nothing Phone 1

Once you root your device, you will be in a position to flash a plethora of mods. These include the likes of Magisk Modules, Substratum Themes, Exposed Framework via LS Posed, Viper4Android. Along the same lines, you can also flash a custom kernel and set your desired CPU profile. However, such adaptation also comes with some risks. To begin with, rooting requires you to unlock the bootloader—which will erase all data and may even void the warranty. Likewise, Safety Net will be activated, resulting in you being unable to use banking apps (although you can still bypass Safety Net in rooted Android 12). So if that’s all well and good, let’s start with the steps to root your Nothing Phone 1 via Magisk patched boot.img file.

How to Root Nothing Phone 1 with Magisk

STEP 1: Install Android SDK

STEP 2: Enable USB Debugging and OEM Unlocking

STEP 3: Unlock Bootloader on Nothing Phone 1

STEP 4: Extract Nothing Phone 1 Payload.bin

  1. To begin with, download the stock firmware for your Nothing Phone 1. Make sure to download the same version that is currently installed on your device.
  2. Once downloaded, extract it to any convenient location on your PC. Doing so shall give you a couple of files, including the payload.bin.
  3. You will now have to extract this payload file using the instructions given here:
  4. Once the extraction is complete, transfer the boot.img file to the platform-tools folder on your PC.

STEP 5: Patch Boot.img via Magisk

  1. Download and install the latest version of the Magisk App.
  2. Then launch it and tap on the Installation button next to Magisk.
  3. After that, choose ‘Select and Patch a File’, navigate to the stock boot.img file, and select it.
  4. Then tap on the Let’s Go button situated at the top right.
  5. The boot.img file will now be patched and placed under the Downloads’ folder on your device.
  6. You should transfer this file to the platform-tools folder on your PC. We will now be using this file to root your Nothing Phone 1.

STEP 6: Boot to Fastboot Mode

  • Now connect your device to the PC via USB cable. Make sure USB Debugging is enabled.
  • Then head over to the platform-tools folder, type in CMD in the address bar, and hit Enter. This will launch the Command Prompt.
  • Type in the following command in the CMD window to boot your device to Fastboot Mode
adb reboot bootloader
  1. To verify the Fastboot connection, type in the below command and you should get back the device ID.
fastboot devices

STEP 7: Boot Nothing Phone 1 using Magisk Patched Boot.img

Now, there are two different ways to proceed. You can either directly flash the patched boot.img file or boot it temporarily. The second approach is highly recommended as you can easily check whether everything is working properly or not. If so, you can proceed with the permanent installation.

On the other hand, if things don’t go as planned and your device ends up in a boot loop/soft brick, just a simple reboot will fix the problem. So on that note, let’s start with another perspective. For this, you need to execute the below command in CMD window to boot your device to the temporarily rooted OS.

fastboot boot magisk_patched.img

STEP 8: Permanent Root Nothing Phone 1 via Direct Install

After executing the above command, your device will be booted to the OS with a temporary root. Here’s how to make it permanent:

  1. To begin with, launch the Magisk App.
  2. Then tap on Install > Direct Install and tap Let’s Go situated at the top-right.
  3. Once done, hit the Reboot button situated at the bottom right.
  4. That’s it, your device will now boot to the rooted OS.

So with that, we give this guide how you can root your Nothing Phone 1 with Magisk patched boot.img. If you have any queries regarding the above steps, let us know in the comments section below. We will contact you with a solution as soon as possible.